Voluntary Planning Agreement Register

A Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) is an agreement entered into by a planning authority and a developer in association with a development application or a change to an environmental planning instrument.  A VPA enables a developer to make a contribution towards a public purpose, which can include:

  • the provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) public amenities or public services,
  • the provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) affordable housing,
  • the provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) transport or other infrastructure relating to land,
  • the funding of recurrent expenditure relating to the provision of public amenities or public services, affordable housing or transport or other infrastructure,
  • the monitoring of the planning impacts of development,
  • the conservation or enhancement of the natural environment.

The contribution can be  provided through the dedication of land free of cost, the pay a monetary contribution, or through the provision of any other material public benefit, or any combination of them, to be used for or applied towards a public purpose.

A VPA cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for inspection for at least 28 days.

Once Council has entered into a  VPA, it must maintain a planning agreement register for public inspection.  The register must include:

  • a short description of any VPA that applies to the area of the Council,
  • the date the agreement was entered into,
  • the names of the parties, and
  • the land to which it applies.


Description Date entered into Names of Parties Land
In connection with Development Consent DA103/2011 for a 9 Lot Subdivision, the Developer made an offer to the Council to enter into a Planning Agreement to provide a monetary contribution of $69,300 toward the construction of roadworks at the intersection of Angela Close and Glen William Road, Clarence Town. 5 November 2020 Dungog Shire Council and Mr A S and Mrs P M Jones No 38 and 39 Angela Close, Clarence Town being Lot 3 and 4 in DP 800829 and the intersection of Glen William Road and Angela Close, Clarence Town